South Island
 New Zealand




The Rangiora Amateur Wrestling Club has been operating since 1981.  The club commenced at the local high school where they trained in the old boarding school common room. 


In 1991 the club transferred to the Rangiora Racecourse where they trained in the old public bar for some years until they moved to the disused stewards room where the club currently resides and trains.


Members include:



Kevan McLaughlan - N.Z. National Coach


Involved in wrestling for 40 years and started the Rangiora Club along with an old friend, Paul Ragg. Wrestled for many years picking up some National Junior and Senior titles. Involved in administration and coaching for a long time and has been NZ National Junior and Senior Coach. Was the Coach to the 1986 Commonwealth Edinburgh Games and two World Championships. Recepient of the Prime Ministers Coaching Scholarship in 2002. Coached at three clubs in London, England during 2003 season. Returning to the 2004 season as New Zealand Senior Freestyle Coach and helping out in all facets at his local club.


Rodney Jarman - Head Coach


Rodney started when he was five years old and became a prominent national competitor in his Junior and Senior years.  He trained at the famed FoxCatchers Club in Pennsylvania, USA,  under the guidance of top USA Coach Greg Strobel in 1994.  Rodney is also a local identity in North Canterbury rugby circles playing for the local Rangiora Senior Team.  Former New Zealand Junior Champion and has always placed in top two or three at the National championships in the Senior Division. Rodney now takes over as Head Coach of the club assisted by Kevan McLaughlan.


Kesta McLaughlan - 75 Kg


Kesta also started when he was five years old and has been a member of the New Zealand National team.  In 1999 he represented New Zealand at the Asia/Oceania Cup in the 97 Kg. Division placing 4th in the Greco and gaining a bronze medal in the Freestyle. He was the Senior National Champion in 1999, 1998 and 1996.  In 1996 he also won the National Junior Championship. He was in the New Zealand Senior team in 1999 and placed 3rd in the Asia/Oceania Championships Freestyle and 4th in the Greco. 

He returned to full competition in 2003 which was an injury ridden year with two broken ribs sustained at critical times. Despite this he placed in all competitions. 



Stephen Hill - 85 Kg

A very able wrestler.  Has won a national New Zealand High School title. Was a prop in the St. Bedes College 1st. Fifteen Rugby Team in 1999. In 2000 he toured Australia with the New Zealand Junior Team and placed 4th in the "Down Under Torunament".  In 2002 he won the National 85 Kg Junior Greco and Freestyle titles and placed 1st in the Greco Senior and 2nd in the Freestyle Senior divisions. He also won the Great Britain Junior Championship in Scotland.

In 2003 he won the National Senior Freestyle and Greco titles. Great career ahead of him.


Mark Hogarth - 96 Kg

Another promising wrestler. Was the National Junior Greco and Freestyle Champion in 2002. In 2003 he placed 2nd in the National Senior Greco and 3rd in the Senior Freestyle. A late starter to the sport but is coming through the ranks strongly. Will get better results in the heavier weight groups when he is a bit older.

Shows great promise.



An international contingent has joined us for this year.

From left to right:

Matt Burney (USA), Konstantin Satteav and Iskender Ryskulov (Russia)

Heidi Erdle hails from Canada and is spending a year in New Zealand along with her family. Heidi travels up from Ashburton for training, a return trip of 2 hours. 

Heidi is looking forward to training and competing in NZ so she can be in shape when she returns to Canada.  


Other prominent past members are:


Mike Graham

Mike is a former New Zealand Judo Champion who als wrestles. Has placed in top two or three at  National Championships in the last few years.


Shane Jones

An outstanding High School and Junior wrestler. Placed 3rd. in the World Schoolboy Championships in 1985.  Unfortunately we lost him to rugby and we never saw the best of him in international competition. Was a national schoolboy champion.


Craig Jones

A great Junior wrestler and younger brother of Shane. Won New Zealand High School and Junior titles. Also lost him to rugby and he never achieved the level he was capable of.  Had an excellent match in Australia in 1990 when, as a Junior he competed in the Senior Division and pinned the top Australian Olympian wrestler, Cris Brown, who up until then had never been beaten by a New Zealander.


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